National Services Te Paerangi

Providing help to museums, galleries, and iwi.

We give practical and strategic help to:

  • museum staff and volunteers
  • gallery staff and volunteers
  • iwi

We work collaboratively with people all around New Zealand to strengthen the museum sector.

Our mission

Our mission is to work throughout Aotearoa New Zealand in partnership with museums, galleries, and iwi

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offering a range of practical and strategic programmes aimed at strengthening the sector.

Our staff

Our National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) team includes a core staff of seven experienced and committed people. We’re based both at Te Papa and around the country.

Victoria Esson, Head of Sector Development | Pouwhakahaere

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Location: Wellington

Victoria has worked in the museum sector for over 20 years. She has extensive experience and networks, particularly within museum education.

Victoria’s work with NSTP focuses on:

  • developing improvement tools for the museum sector
  • developing collaborative programmes that improve museological skills across the museum sector
  • workplace assessment for the New Zealand Certificate of Museum Practice.

Contact Victoria Esson

Phone: 021 869 006

Paora Tibble, Iwi Development Manager | Pouwhirinaki ā-Iwi

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Location: Gisborne

Paora descends from Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Whānau-a-Apanui. He has spent the last four years working as the Iwi Development Adviser, providing face-to-face support to and increasing communication and understanding between iwi and museums around New Zealand. His mahi

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also included facilitating workshops, engaging with hapū

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and working in the community to develop collection care practices of taonga

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Paora’s work with NSTP focuses on:

  • developing and delivering strategic programmes about the care and management of taonga, including Te Papa Treaty Settlement cultural redress for iwi
  • strengthening relationships between iwi and museums
  • workplace assessment for the New Zealand Certificate of Museum Practice.

Contact Paora Tibble

Phone: 029 601 0440

Judith Taylor, Museum Development Adviser | Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga

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Location: Tasman

Judith has many years’ experience in all aspects of museum practice, from collections and exhibitions to governance and management. She has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies.

Judith’s work with NSTP focuses on:

  • giving face-to-face support to museums around the South Island
  • providing ongoing support and training, and collaborating with various heritage groups
  • workplace assessment for the New Zealand Certificate of Museum Practice.

Contact Judith Taylor

Phone: 029 601 0410

Sally August, Museum Development Adviser | Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga

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Location: Gisborne

Sally has been working in museums for more than 10 years. She is passionate about the arts and heritage sector, especially the preservation of taongataonga treasures. Sally has a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies.

Sally’s work with NSTP focuses on:

  • providing face-to-face support to museums across the North Island
  • providing ongoing support and training, and collaborating with various heritage groups
  • workplace assessment for the New Zealand Certificate of Museum Practice.

Contact Sally August

Phone: 029 601 0370

Jamie Metzger, Kaiārahi | Project lead, Ngākahu National Repatriation Project

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Location: Wellington 

Jamie (Ngāi Tahu) is a member of the NZ Repatriation Research Network and has been a Kāhui Kaitiaki representative on the Museums Aotearoa Board. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Applied Science and is currently completing her PhD at Otago University. Jamie has previously held collection management and curatorial roles at Otago Museum.

Her work includes:

  •  producing ethical guidelines for galleries and museums holding kōiwi tangata

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    Māori and Moriori 
  •  providing assistance, funding advice and guidance to iwi in the repatriation of their tūpuna  
  •  conducting workshops to enable and empower museums as well as iwi and other communities in the repatriation of kōiwi tangata.

Contact Jamie Metzger

Phone: 021 650 183

Ask her about: 

  • funding for iwi, hapū and whānau involved in repatriation 
  • provenance research on kōiwi tangata and toi moko
  • professional development and resources for kaimahi  

Jacqueline Godfery, Kaiwhakaratonga Rāngai | Sector Services Officer 

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Location: Wellington 

Built with a passion for working with Māori communities and equipped with a background in libraries and education, Jacqueline brings all number of skills and qualities to the role as Kaiwhakaratonga Rāngai | Sector Services Officer. In one of her most recent roles, as a Librarian at Kawerau District Library (2015 - 2021) she worked closely with the Museum on public programme events and organised two national story tour events, one of which was delivered entirely in te reo Māori. Jacqueline is of Māori (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Hikairo), Samoan, Scottish and Irish descent.

Her work includes:

  • organising online and in-person workshops
  • processing grants and funding applications 
  • co-ordinating the Expert Knowledge Exchange programme 

Contact Jacqueline Godfrey

Mandy Herrick, Content and Resource Adviser | Kaitohutohu Rauemi

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Location: Auckland 

Mandy has a background in digital content development having worked across the cultural heritage and NGO sector over the past decade. Having worked at Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Puke Ariki and the Dowse, Mandy has a firm understanding of the wider cultural sector and the challenges faced by institutions both small and large. 

Mandy’s work with NSTP focuses on:

  • leading the refresh of the NZ Museums site 
  • creating a suite of digital resources 

Contact Mandy Herrick


Kirsty Timu, Funding Advisor – Kaiwhakahaere Ratonga Putea

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Location: Wellington 

Nifty with numbers and fluent in te reo Māori

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, Kirsty (Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahununu and Ngāti Tuwharetoa) brings a wealth of skills to the role of Funding Advisor – Kaiwhakahaere Ratonga Putea. After graduating from Victoria University with a degree in accounting and commercial law, Kirsty worked with Te Papa’s finance team for two years and has been seconded into this role at National Services Te Paerangi until October 2022.  

Contact Kirsty

Phone: 029 770 4106

Ask her about: 
-    Funding advice for museums, galleries, iwi, hapū and whanaū looking after taonga

Emma Philpott, Content and Resource Adviser | Kaitohutohu Rauemi

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Location: Coromandel
Part time 

Emma has a background in providing communications support for non-profit, charity and cultural sectors both in NZ and the UK. She is particularly interested in championing good practice and innovative solutions in the museum and gallery sector. 

Emma’s work with NSTP focuses on:

  • managing content and communications for the NSTP team
  • museum resource development.

Contact Emma

Phone: 021 878 215